It’s hard to believe that, two years ago, I suffered from such painful rigidity in my back that I couldn’t stand for more than two minutes. In fact, I remained seated for most of the day, hardly able to rise from the chair. I had so little control over my right arm, I couldn’t even sign my name. Walking had become a challenge. It was now a lumbering, stumbling activity, which I did my best to avoid. Control over my bladder had become a nightmare. I could get caught short, desperate for relief, at less than a moment’s notice. Then there was the tremor in my arm. I wasn’t just going to accept this – time to challenge conventions!
This is just five of my many Parkinson’s symptoms and for which my neurologist prescribed levodopa. Now, two years’ later, those symptoms have disappeared and I live untroubled by Parkinson’s. I go to the gym three times each week to work out, I can write letters by hand and I go on long distance walks of up to 10 miles. I feel fitter now than I’ve been for years. Oh, and I’ve been off levodopa for over a year.
This has all come about because I was prepared to challenge the conventional medical approach to Parkinson’s where it’s accepted that the person goes into progressive decline and possible, temporary relief for symptoms is provided by drugs (which all have nasty side-effects). I couldn’t understand why my neurologist carried out no investigations as to what might be the cause behind my Parkinson’s and what might be done to fix it. So, I started my own research, reading books on neurological diseases and university studies into causes and potential remedial actions. I soon began to find answers which I immediately put into action.
As soon as I began to eliminate sugar, carbohydrates and wheat (gluten) from my diet, I began to detect changes in my symptoms. By adding more healthy foods, I began to see more improvements. Then I discovered that the ageing body becomes deficient in certain nutrients and vitamins, and the Parkinson’s person is especially deficient. So, I started a regimen of specific dietary supplements.
There’s much, much more and you can read all about it by downloading, free of charge, my book Parkinson’s Disease: How I Reversed My Symptoms and Reclaimed My Life. It’s on the Resources page.
I felt I had nothing to lose by pursuing an alternative route, after all it wasn’t as though I was passing up on some miracle cure that the doctors had in their medicine bag; Parkinson’s would still be waiting there for me if it hadn’t worked out. As it happens, I now live free of Parkinson’s; something I wouldn’t have thought remotely possible two short years ago.
Geoff a fellow fighter of Parkinson’s who has followed in my footsteps with this lifestyle approach recently wrote me this about his progress just two months in:
“I am about to start my eighth week on the Parkinson’s Recovery Eating Plan and I am starting to notice improvements in my condition i.e. my back pain has almost disappeared, I can reach down and put both of my socks and shoes on and I am starting to use my right hand again for simple tasks. I have lost three quarters of a stone in weight and it has steadied at twelve and a half stone. I am more confident and intend to continue with the eating recovery plan for the time being hoping for even more significant improvements.”